Obama Releases Ad About Social Security

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama says in an ad released today that the country needs an honest dialogue about Social Security.

Obama launched the spot a day after he directly challenged Hillary Rodham Clinton on the issue while campaigning in Iowa.

He accused the Democratic front-runner of dodging tough questions about whether the government should tax workers' earnings above the present cap to help pay for Social Security benefits.

Obama says in ad that he doesn't want to just see what the polls say. He says he wants to solve the problem.

The ad portrays Obama as a straight talker willing to be honest about his thoughts on Social Security. That contrasts with his depiction a day earlier of Clinton as ducking tough questions about Social Security.

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